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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition.

People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine, because some of the nerve cells in their brain have died. The loss of these nerve cells are responsible for the emergence of Parkinson’s symptoms.

Without dopamine, people can find that their movements become slower, more difficult, and longer to perform.

Parkinson’s isn’t considered a direct cause of death, but symptoms do worsen severely over time. Parkinson’s is known as a “Movement Disorder” because many of the symptoms are related to mobility. These symptoms usually respond well to medical treatment.

In Australia, it’s estimated that between 50,000 to 100,000 people are living with Parkinson’s disease. The disease is more common in men than women, although researchers are yet to discover what makes men more susceptible.

The average age of diagnosis of Parkinson’s is 65, however, 1 in 7 sufferers are aged 40 and under.

Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

During the early stages of Parkinson’s, symptoms can appear in isolation, or in combinations. Symptoms will usually be confined to one side of the body to begin with, but as time, and the severity of the condition increases the whole body can be affected.